Friday, January 22, 2010

Office Space (Delta Style)

So I just got back from visiting Delta Community Credit Union in Atlanta last week.


They have really fantastic branches. The design is really modern, but the way the flow is set up is really welcoming and organic.


So I shouldn't have been surprised that their brand new internal offices (they just moved in a few weeks ago) would be equally pages-of-Dwell-magazine worthy.




All of their spaces reflect Delta Community's progressive but personable credit union vibe. But the marketing department especially had its own creative flair going on.


"My what a cool chair you have, Ollie."


"Why this old thing? Shucks."


"Do sit down. My file cabinet is disguised as a cushiony bench. I am mysterious and have secrets that way."


Look there's Simon. Aw. He found a new home.


Right next to Andy. How cute.


What's so cool about the marketing team's space (beside that fact that VP of Marketing, Mary Olsen practically designed it herself single-handedly!!?) is that it creates this sense that the marketing team really is a culture within a culture at Delta Community.



The national HOW Design Conference has whole sessions, heck, whole conferences, to help creatives who work inhouse find creative inspiration. So it's certainly unique to find such a fresh inhouse space.


Alas, now I am back in the OKC. I cannot complain, Third Degree has a fantastic lofty, warehouse style office space. But I bet Delta Community's elevator actually works.


It was like a welcome home sign really. Sigh.

Next time I'm in "Hot"lanta visiting the Delta crew, I'll be sure to ride the elevator up and down just a few more times for the luxury of it all.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Paint By Numbers

I'm in Atlanta visiting our friends at Delta Community Credit Union. Great restaurants, good company... plus, I got to see one of their new number-themed commercials we just finished up for them on my TV at the hotel this morning!


I never get to see their commercials "for real" because, well, duh, I live in Oklahoma City, and it never seems quite real until you see one of your spots during Project Runway or Top Chef, or in this case, the news. Which I only ever seem to watch when I'm in hotels or airports.


Me. In my PJs. Watching the news (just because there aren't any reality shows on TV at 6:00 in the morning).

Director: David Stepp / Animator: Steve Jones / Audio: Lucky Dog / Photography: Simon Hurst

These TV spots were all about Ten Reasons to Switch in 2010 to Delta Community. These spots turned out so cool. We wanted to bring these numbers to life to create a memorable and optimistic new membership campaign for Delta Community for the new year (a fuzzy number five dog, a number three sonogram)...

Plus, it was as about as close as I could get to living out my lifelong dream to work for Sesame Street or Jim Henson. I mean, our big orange fuzzy number five was definitely muppet-worthy.


This is Doug. He's the bad ass who constructed all these props for us back at his shop at Eaton Quade. He doesn't even flinch when we say, "can you make a giant number eight shrubbery for us?" Which is good, because then his cigar might fall out of the corner of his mouth. We think he should have a reality show about his shop, like American Chopper.


American Chopper with giant Fruit Loop colored numbers everywhere, that is!


Actually color was a big deal when planning for this shoot. Kathleen was the master mind of all things fuzzy, paint sample chippy, paper leafy, etc...


Tons of planning went in to creating the props and the perfect color palette, from deciding to paint the studio "Decisive Yellow" as was named on the swatch, to buying lots of coordinating wardrobe for all the talent. And, of course, Kathleen also stood in as the model for the test shots.


I know Delta Community is excited to kick off the new campaign.


And I was excited to take home the fuzzy five (just for one night) to show my number one five-year old.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why They Love Us Anyway

Alas, the holidays are over. Which means dragging our significant others to agency social events is almost behind us. But the agency Christmas party is a perfect example of why our other halves probably cringe when we tell them a Third Degree event is afoot. Especially when there is, yep, a theme. This year it was "I'm Dreaming of a Black & White Christmas." Everyone had to come wearing black and white.


It's easy to see the second reason they love us, is we also make them take ridiculous pictures.


With like props and stuff.


Some of them were enthusiastic.


Truly good sports about it.


Others a bit more reserved.


Some of them still aren't talking to us.


Some of them were never talking to us in the first place.


See, if you haven't guessed yet. We're not too camera shy here at Third Degree.


We crave the limelight.


A little bit of drama.


Art directing our own shots.


And using blurry photo effects that make us look bad ass.


Then we post them for the world to see.


And hope our spouse's coworkers don't see them.


Because then they'd be so jealous, of course.


And wish they were a Third Degree wife-husband-boyfriend-pet-kid-parent-neighbor too.


So here's to the agency "others."


May you rest easy for a while.


That is until the Addy's.


Of course, there's a lot to be said for going stag.